Victoria leads Canadian cities in restaurants, pubs, bars per capita

Victoria is confirmed to be the Canadian city with the most restaurants, eateries, pubs and bars per person, according to the Destination Greater Victoria.

Statistics Canada data shows the city of Victoria to have 4.6 restaurants, eateries, pubs and bars for every 1,000 residents, with Vancouver and Niagara Falls next in line at 3.6 and 3.4, respectively. All other Canadian cities measured have less than 2.8 such businesses per 1,000 residents.

“It is a claim to fame and we are proud of it, but it’s also great being able to back up our claims,” Destination Greater Victoria CEO Paul Nursey told Black Press Media.

Data on restaurants, eateries, pubs and bars comes from Stats Canada’s June 2020 Canadian Business Counts, while population numbers come from 2016 Census data.

Nursey, who has a background in economics, said he spent the “dark days of the pandemic” fact-checking claims with a pair of researchers to verify the assertion that Victoria is Canada’s leader in food and drink destinations per capita.

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Mayor Lisa Helps wasn’t surprised that Victoria leads the country in restaurants per capita, she said, considering not just the quantity of restaurants but also the quality, variety and diversity offered.

Added BC Restaurant and Food Services Association chair Peter de Bruyn in a statement, “The food and drink options in Victoria are endless. There is always something new on the menu and a reason to try a new establishment.”

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